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New state-set limits on the bacteria found in raw milkproducts might impact the ability of suppliers to provide consumers with products next month. Officials emphasize that the ban would not ban raw milk and products derived from it, but that the new standards are "necessary for consumer safety," the Daily news reports. The article explains:
The new standard, part of AB 1735, takes effect in January, setting a limit of no more than 10 coliforms per milliliter.
Coliforms are a group of bacteria commonly found in the environment, most of which do not cause disease. Pasteurization, in which milk is heated, kills many bacteria, but in raw milk they're still alive.
The change in the standard comes as a result of reports of illnessness thought to be caused by the consumption of raw milk, and California would be joining other states in adjusting the coliform levels. Advocates of raw milk include its producers, as well as consumers who "say it helps with everything from asthma to digestive troubles." There are two raw milk producers in California, one of which is Organic Pastures, located in Fresno. The company's founder, Mark McAfee, thinks these laws are a result of paranoia about bacteria found in foods which is "out of control" and that the right to enjoy raw milk products like those he produces is a matter of consumer choice. Most consumers right now can purchase raw milk and other raw dairy products from large-scale vendors such as